Australia and its major cities offer a cosmopolitan life that you are probably used to, with the additional perks of a laidback lifestyle and breathtaking natural landmarks not far from the cities. If you are emigrating to Australia, taking some of your furniture may be a good way to make you feel right at home in a new country. However, you may find that big-item shipping to Australia cost a pretty penny. But if you pack smartly and ship wisely, you can minimize your shipping expenses. Here are some ways to ship your belongings without breaking the bank:
Choose the things you want to take carefully. You may have shared a lot of good times with your couch, but taking it with you to Australia may be a sentimental choice you cannot afford. Electronics, too, are not very wise to ship to your new home. Sending these things over to Australia may cost more than new ones would.
Sell the things you cannot take with you. You can opt to hold a garage sale or even put up your old things for sale on the Internet. Not only will you get money to help you buy new furniture and appliances, but you also will be sure that your stuff will go to people who will appreciate them.
Pack smartly. Cardboard boxes in large sizes for overseas shipment are readily available in most supply stores and if you get some, do not be tempted to buy a lot of “extras.” Extra boxes will tempt you to pack a lot and to not maximize the space in every box. Fold clothes and linens like you would with a small suitcase, and use them to cushion china and other breakable items. Experiment with stacking techniques for the other small items you want to take. If you are shipping a crate, make good use of the spaces between large items. If you are parcel shipping to Australia then you will not have much problem when packing.
Ship things out in advance. Sea freight may cost significantly less than shipping your packages by air. However, this kind of shipping will take more time to reach its destination. If you ship your packages out in advance—around two weeks before your arrival in Australia so it will arrive at the same time as you do—you may spend less on shipping!
Shop for good rates before you settle for a shipping company. Do your homework—determine the dimensions, weight, and volume of your package and compare prices (you can also do this online) of different freight companies before you settle. If you just look at two or three companies, you might be missing out on comprehensive insurance coverage, cheaper rates, and extra services for free (or at a minimal cost). However, you also need to know if you really need these extra services or insurance—you might spend more if you get carried away with these offers which will increase the cost of shipping to Australia.
Following these tips might make shipping to Australia cost less for you, especially if your are shipping from the UK to Australia. Good luck on your move and bon voyage!